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Forty-eighth Legislature - First Regular Session
  Ben R. Miranda

Ben R. Miranda

District 16

House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 323
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-4893
Fax Number: (602) 417-3116


Representative Ben Miranda

Ben Miranda comes from a farm worker family of 11 brothers and sisters. By the age of ten he had attended over fifteen different elementary schools in four different states. This family has given our community four attorneys, a State Representative, a State Senator, and other career professionals. Ben Miranda grew up in the Marcos de Niza Housing Projects of down town Phoenix. He graduated from Phoenix Union High School and served in the U.S. Army. He served our country in the Vietnam conflict and was awarded the Bronze Star by Senator Barry Goldwater. After attending Phoenix College and undergraduate studies at Arizona State University, he graduated with Deans Award from ASU Law School where he led a recruitment effort that increased minority law student enrollment by 50%.

In 1994, Ben received the City of Phoenix’s First Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Living the Dream” Award. His law firm contributed hundreds of hours and over $100,000.00 of immigrant legal services, in support of Cesar Chavez of United Farm Workers. In the words of Bill Soltero-Cesar Chavez’s closest friend and confidant... “Without an exception when Cesar needed help in Arizona, he and I would visit Ben. No-one in Arizona sacrificed or gave more of himself for our cause then Ben.”

Ben’s law practice has focused on personal injury law where a significant case involved the death of a 13-year old girl named Grizelda Zamora, who died from a ruptured appendix for alleged denial of timely medical attention. This landmark case has significant implications for the quality of medical treatment provided to low-income families throughout Arizona.

Elected to the State Legislature in 2002, Ben serves with his brother, Senator Richard Miranda, the first brothers elected to serve together as state level office holders. Ben has twice been selected by his peers to serve as Chair of the Arizona Latino Caucus of the State Legislature. In November 2007, Ben was awarded the John S. Martinez Leadership Award in Miami, Florida by the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators.

Benís passion for helping the uderserved had led him to establish Proyeto Manzana which is focused on immigrant issues. Ben has traveled extensively to Central and South America and met with local elected leaders. Ben has also served on the boards of the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, American Red Cross and Valle de Sol. In addition to holding a weekly television program on legal issues, Ben Miranda has represented the City of Avondale, Pacific Gas and Electric and Local 383, A.F.L.C.I.O. Ben Miranda has acquired a well-deserved reputation for devoting countless hours of free legal advice to people in our community who could not otherwise obtain legal services.

Finally and most important to Ben, he is married to Catherine, an Elementary School Assistant Principal and he is a devoted father to his daughters, Maritza and Elisa, grandfather to Mariella and Abraham.


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Sponsored Bills
Bill NumberSort By Bill Number
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Final Vote
HB2088 P* DPS; retirement; badge
  (NOW: badges; officer purchase; illegal use
HB2116 C big game permits; grandchildren
HB2117 C big game permits; transfers
HB2157 P* income tax credit; diabetes expenses.
HB2158 P* state earned income tax credit.
HB2159 P* political contributions; limits.
HB2160 P* child care assistance; rates.
HB2161 P* insurance premium tax credit cap.
HB2162 P* appropriation; mobile dentistry units.
HB2163 P* appropriation; economic development; rural; tribal.
HB2164 P* membership; criminal justice commission.
HB2165 P* standard income tax deductions; amounts.
HB2166 P* children's physical activity grants; appropriation.
HB2167 P* lottery monies; primary care facilities.
HB2168 P* lottery monies; historic homes fund.
HB2169 P* appropriation; university student aid.
HB2170 P* appropriation; diabetes prevention.
HB2171 P* appropriation; utility assistance.
HB2172 P* appropriation; youth employment and training.
HB2173 P* small business loans.
HB2174 P* appropriation; Arizona graduates program.
HB2175 P* appropriation; domestic violence shelters.
HB2176 P* appropriation; homeless services.
HB2177 P* sales and use tax holiday.
HB2178 C underage drinking; driver license suspension
  (NOW: commercial vehicle; license plate attachment
HB2193 C provisional community college districts; continuation
HB2196 C retiree health insurance; rural subsidy
HB2206 P teacher shortage student loan program
HB2271 P* smuggling; human beings.
HB2276 C clean car standards; no idling
HB2291 C driver license information; retailer use See Vote
HB2296 P Arizona work-study program
HB2318 C minimum wage; disabled employees
HB2329 P appropriation; Native American veterans' outreach
HB2330 P Indian affairs commission; legislative day
HB2331 P tribal lands teacher student loans
HB2332 P out-of-state students; admission.
  (NOW: school governing board; admission; nonresidents
See Vote
HB2333 P appropriation; Navajo Shonto community center
HB2353 C law enforcement animals; animal cruelty
HB2354 C minors; abuse; duty to report
HB2355 C tax credit; charitable organizations
HB2356 C breast-feeding; juries; workplace privacy
HB2357 C terminally ill patients; suffering; control
HB2358 C sentencing; misdemeanors involving hate
HB2373 P high schools; nutrition standards
HB2374 P schools; mathematics achievement grants
HB2375 P schools; exercise and fitness programs
HB2390 C weights and measures; seized property
HB2404 C apprentices; state construction projects
HB2488 C drought emergency groundwater transfers
HB2572 C aid in dying
HB2592 C appropriation; Navajo judicial facility
HB2599 C human remains
HB2600 P child passenger restraints; booster seats
HB2601 C graduated driver licenses
HB2613 C kindergarten; full-time students
HB2614 P state contracts; performance; disclosure
HB2616 P appropriations; Navajo veterans services
HB2617 P appropriations; Navajo senior centers
HB2618 P appropriation; Navajo agriculture complex
HB2619 P appropriation; Navajo mine lands reclamation
HB2620 P veterans; game and fish licenses
HB2621 P military personnel; uranium exposure; test
HB2627 C income tax deadlines
  (NOW: prime contracting; property owners
See Vote
HB2634 P African-American affairs; commission.
HB2638 C local energy plans See Vote
HB2644 C lobbyists; gift ban
HB2675 C appropriation; public school employees; retirement
HB2676 C tobacco products; storage and display
HB2677 C state health plan
HB2683 P* employer sponsored driver licenses
HB2684 C state employees; living donor leave
HB2685 C rape victims; pregnancy prevention
HB2687 C rates; child care assistance
HB2688 C vehicle restraint violations; enforcement
HB2695 P legislator-elect; support services
HB2699 C unauthorized persons; border security
HB2701 C Arizona twenty-first century fund
HB2714 C teacher certification; proficiency exam reciprocity
HB2716 C identity theft; factual innocence
HB2728 P* 8th grade promotion certificates; elimination
HB2731 P teachers; minimum salary
HCM2013 C railroad rights-of-way
HCR2004 P* business personal property tax exemption.
HCR2008 C school district expenditures; authorization
HCR2037 P* business personal property taxes; exemption
HCR2041 C military bases; expressing support See Vote
HCR2044 C health care decisions week
HCR2045 C local mandates; funding
HCR2052 P Honorable Carmen Cajero
HR2002 C Virginia Tech; honoring those killed
SB1071 C technical correction; foster care
SB1072 C technical correction; kinship care
SB1108 P African-American affairs; commission
SB1109 P automatic restoration of voting rights
SB1110 C kinship foster care; grandparents; appropriation
SB1111 P foster care; age limit; extension
SB1112 P toxic fire response
SB1113 C low water use landscaping; subdivisions
SB1135 P appropriation; economic development; rural; tribal
SB1136 P lottery monies; primary care facilities
SB1137 P appropriation; university student aid
SB1138 P appropriation; diabetes prevention
SB1139 P appropriation; youth employment and training
SB1141 P appropriation; mobile dentistry units
SB1142 P lottery monies; historic homes fund
SB1143 P appropriation; domestic violence shelters
SB1144 P appropriation; Arizona graduates program
SB1145 P small business loans
SB1146 P appropriation; utility assistance
SB1147 P sales and use tax holiday
SB1149 P appropriation; homeless services
SB1151 P income tax credit; diabetes expenses
SB1308 C CORP; probation officers; service purchase
SB1309 C CORP; disability retirements
SB1456 C appropriation; Navajo juvenile detention center
SB1458 C appropriation; Navajo affairs investigation building
SB1459 C appropriation; Navajo emergency management building
SB1462 C out-of-state students; admission
SB1464 C appropriation; Navajo technology system
SB1478 C transportation board; Native American member
SB1479 C Native American tribes; revenue sharing.
SB1492 C lottery proceeds; university scholarships
SB1558 P appropriations; university medical programs.


P* = Prime Prime Sponsor, P = Prime Sponsor, C = Co-Sponsor